July rainfall welcome

July 20, 2017

This month’s rainfall has renewed local farming confidence in the winter cropping season after producers were forced to battle a record dry June.

The Bureau of Meteorology’s Tocumwal site has recorded 41.8mm of rain since the start of July, which is a welcome figure compared to last month’s meagre total of 1.8mm.

Since Friday, the Tocumwal site had recorded 4mm of rain up until yesterday morning.

Finley’s Landmark Mills agronomist Doug McLean said despite the turnaround in weather, farmers still need to see average rainfall to cement a strong winter cropping season.

‘‘Most farmers are getting onto the first load of top dressing, but crops will get a bit more tillering for more biomass,’’ he said.

‘‘Most crops, like wheat, barley and oats, are in the early tillering to late tillering phases.’’

Mr McLean said it was ‘‘business as usual’’ for producers, adding that July’s wet weather had been most welcome.

‘‘Because we had no rain in June, a fair bit from August to September will help farmers do really well,’’ he said.

‘‘Otherwise people will have to irrigate, but at the moment we’re moving on okay.

‘‘This month we’ve had about an inch of rain, but north of Jerilderie there’s been nowhere near as much, so we’ve been lucky in that sense.’’

According to the BoM, no major rainfall is forecast for the remainder of this week or next week.

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